Amanda Serrano 42(30)-2(0)-1]says she would LOVE to face Katie Taylor again [21(6)-0] in Croke Park.
The New York-based Puerto Rican, who was defeated by the undisputed world lightweight champion in the biggest women’s fight of all time at Madison Square Garden in March, makes her UK debut this Saturday night.
‘The Real Deal’ fights for the first time since that setback when she takes on Sarah Mahfoud on the undercard of Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker’s heavyweight clash in Manchester.
Many expected the seven-weight world champion to appear in Dublin instead of Britain next, with talk of a rematch at Croke Park thrilling Irish fight fans last spring and early summer.
However, hopes of a massive Taylor homecoming were dashed when Serrano revealed she would be relegated in a bid to become an undisputed featherweight champion.
Calls from his manager Jake Paul for a rematch at a catchweight have caused Irish fight fans to roll their eyes even further, but they are giving up on what would be a historic night of fights in Dublin.
However, Irish-boxing.com understands that Team Taylor is still hopeful that something can be done by spring or summer next year, and the nine-time world champion assured there is reason to dream again when she told NI from Boxing Ticket who was interested in Ireland.
Serrano said she would “love” to fight at GAA headquarters and that a fight at the stadium would be “incredible” for both her and Ireland’s biggest sports star.
“That would be an amazing place for both of us,” he said.
“I hope I have won many Irish fans after the [first] fight, a lot of people from Ireland came up to me and said they are my fans. It would be an amazing night for both of them. I would love to fight there.”
If the rematch is made and Serrano comes to Ireland, the power puncher says she will come with the intention of knocking out the local favorite.
“You don’t lose, you learn and I learned what to do for the next one. I need to go out there and make sure I don’t leave it up to the judges. After my first fight I went and won 10 fights by KO and that’s the thing to do.”